European sales 2014 January – September Midsize segment

European-car-sales-statistics-midsize-segment-2014-Volkswagen_Passat-Ford_MondeoThe midsized segment has been in crisis for a decade now, but the sales decline seems to bottom out, with sales down “only” 5% after the first three quarters of 2014, to just over 400.000 units. With the new generations VW Passat and Ford Mondeo ready to start their customer deliveries, and the Peugeot 508 recently facelifted, the segment should be able to return to positive territory for only the second time since 2001. The VW Passat remains stable and increases its share of the segment to 28,8%, and that’s even without the new generation, which has only just entered European showrooms and should start customer deliveries anytime now.

The top-4 are the only models in the segment to increase their sales and now control almost two thirds of the segment, indicating a further defragmentation of the market. The Honda Accord is the latest victim of this increased monotony in the midsized car segment, as it won’t be replaced at the end of its life cycle, joining the Suzuki Kizashi, Seat Exeo, Chevrolet Malibu on their way to the happy hunting grounds.

Opel-Insignia-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeA continued strong performance of the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia helps it to almost double the sales of the third placed Ford Mondeo, whose new generation is finally hitting showrooms after a three-year delay. The Skoda Superb even outsold the Mondeo in July and August, but I don’t think it has enough momentum to gain 2.500 sales on the Mondeo for a full-year 2014 podium spot. And with the new Mondeo at full strength in 2015, the Superb seems unlikely to progress beyond its current fourth place.

Mazda6-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeThe Mazda6 looks ready to hold on to the title of best-selling Asian midsized model in Europe by the end of the year, despite seeing its sales plateau. The Toyota Avensis is ageing quickly but there are no signs of a replacement yet. In fact, Toyota has announced it’s not working on a direct replacement for the model, which is not surprising considering the current annual volume of its Europe-only model.

Toyota-Avensis-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeToyota is working on a hybrid-only midsized model for worldwide markets, but considering these cars are mostly used for medium to long distance driving on highways, the fuel economy advantage of hybrid over diesel will be smaller than for city cars. VW offers the new generation Passat exclusively with diesel engines in the UK, while Ford has a hybrid option for the new Mondeo, but expects to sell it only to people who are principally opposed to diesel. And with the Plug-in hybrid Passat GTE coming up, I don’t think the new Toyota will storm the charts when it arrives in Europe.

Read more about the crisis in the European midsized segment.


MID-SIZED CAR 2014 Jan-Sep 2013 Jan-Sep Change
1. Volkswagen Passat 118.751 117.658 1%
2. Opel/Vauxhall Insignia 72.138 53.509 35%
3. Ford Mondeo 37.947 37.918 0%
4. Skoda Superb 35.406 31.581 12%
5. Peugeot 508 32.300 44.704 -28%
6. Mazda6 24.838 25.580 -3%
7. Toyota Avensis 22.142 27.296 -19%
8. Hyundai i40 19.771 24.038 -18%
9. Citroën C5 14.398 19.688 -27%
10. Renault Laguna 12.768 13.475 -5%
11. Citroën DS5 9.758 15.414 -37%
12. Subaru Legacy/Outback 4.819 5.798 -17%
13. Honda Accord 2.574 3.794 -32%
14. Kia Optima 2.574 2.683 -4%
15. Opel/Vauxhall Ampera 708 1.764 -60%
16. Renault Latitude 332 489 -32%
17. Chevrolet Malibu 327 1.805 -82%
18. Seat Exeo 227 6.211 -96%
19. Suzuki Kizashi 207 383 -46%
Segment total 411.985 433.788 -5%


Click on any model to see its annual sales from 1997-2013 and monthly sales in 2012, 2013 and 2014, or use the dropdown menu in the top right of this site. Sources: Manufacturers, ANDC, JATO Dynamics.